Thursday, December 15, 2011

Chocolate Covered Shortbread & Pretzels--Week #12 of the 12 Weeks of Christmas Cookies

I can't believe we are already to week 12 of the 12 Weeks of Christmas Cookies!  How did that happen?  I've been meaning this whole time to do something super cute with shortbread, but hadn't gotten around to it yet, so I made sure it happened this week and here it is:
I used the alphabet cookie cutters from a Farberware set that I got for Christmas a few years ago, but it is no longer available.  You can get lots of other brands of alphabet cookie cutters from Amazon though (including many that are eligible for free Super Shipper Savings on orders of $25 or more and in time for Christmas!).

Shortbread Cookies
3/4 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup sugar
3 cups all-purpose flour

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Mix together butter and sugar.  Slowly blend in flour, using hands if necessary to finish.  On a lightly floured cloth, roll out to a thickness of about 1/2 inch.  Use small cookie cutters, approximately 1-1 1/2 inches, to cut into shapes.  (Use the open top kind, since the covered ones are hard to get the dough out of without mutilating the cookie.)  Gently place on ungreased cookie sheet or baking stone and bake for 20 minutes.  Remove from baking sheet and let cool.

Chocolate Coating for Cookies, Pretzels, and More
1 cup chocolate chips
1/4 to 1 cup butter

Melt together chocolate chips and butter in a double boiler.  The more butter you use, the thinner the coating will be.  Dip cookies, pretzels, or other snacks into chocolate dip and set on waxed paper.  Refrigerate if needed to be set quickly or can be left to set at room temperature overnight.  In the above picture, I used less butter for the cookies (and probably resulted in a lot more broken cookies as a result) and thinned it out to the half butter, half chocolate mixture for the pretzels.  I used a toothpick to remove excess chocolate from the holes and curves of the cookie letters and the holes of the pretzels.
Let's see what everyone else baked up for the final week of the 12 Weeks of Christmas Cookies:


  1. Very cute, there is not a better cookie than shortbread, it is a classic, and covred in chocolate only makes it better.

  2. Such a fun photo! They look awesome!

  3. I love shortbread cookies. Making them chocolate covered makes them sound even better. Thanks for the inspiration.

  4. I absolutely love, love, love shortbread cookies. Especially when they are dipped in chocolate! Yours look wonderful!

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